During the 63rd General Assembly of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) held in April 2016 in Brussels, Belgium, PHASA was re-admitted as member of one of the oldest and highly respected hunting associations in the World and certainly the biggest in Europe. A South African delegation, led by the Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Barbara Thompson, attended this prestigious event.
The CIC was founded in 1935 and is a politically independent advisory body, which aims to preserve wild game and hunting. To achieve this goal, the CIC is promoting the sustainable use of wildlife resources.
PHASA’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms Tharia Unwin, said it is an honour to be welcomed back into the European hunting family. CIC and PHASA parted ways several years ago, partly because of PHASA’s then support of captive bred lion hunting. Subsequently, PHASA has distanced itself from captive bred lion hunting and they are not in support of intensive selective breeding of colour variants. This has led to the rekindling of old relationships.
She expressed the hope that PHASA and the CIC could join hands to restore European hunters’ faith in South Africa as their preferred hunting destination. PHASA, CIC and international partners elsewhere on the Globe can only make meaningful contributions to conservation and tackle the threads to the sustainability of Professional Outfitters’ livelihoods if industry unite and speak from one platform. Public opinion must change and this is only possible if the hunting industry can proof to the ordinary man in the street that good ethics are practiced and that men, women and children at grass-roots level benefit from hunting. It is only through good governance and sustainable management that the future of Africa’s game can be guaranteed.
PHASA also wishes to congratulate Mr. George Aman (Switzerland) who has taken over the Presidency of CIC from Bernard Lozé (France). Mr Aman was born in 1953 and is a specialized financial analyst. He speaks German, English, French, and Spanish.
PHASA hopes that in joining CIC again, South Africa will increase its footprint and market share in Europe to the benefit of the South African economy.